Program to automatically create audio tracks from casettes

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  1. waloshin macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    Program to automatically create audio tracks from casettes? I thought there was free program that creates tracks from casettes from the silence...
  2. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    Dunno a free solution, only paid ones..

    Audio hijack I know has it, but this would depend on how much silence.. Usually with these kinds of detection it would either

    - auto detect the minimal silence (which is not good if 1 second silence exsists in a song)
    - user controlled so they stick in the seconds eg 2 second gap, then create new track.. (another problem, since u can't always tell how long a pause will be ... CD's are better, but not when you have "2 second gap" on every song

    Although i would prefer just recording to one long track, then using Audio editor like Audacity (free) to detect silence afterwards.. Audacity flag silence, so u can visually see the waveform and follow the tags where silence begins..

    You can then delete these certain potions as necessary, best way to go.

    You could of course just record to audacity, and create new track manually after every song, but u have to be there always.
  3. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    Audio Hijack has presets for Analog and Digital, but you can also do a custom setting. This is from version 2, but 3's settings will be similar.

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  4. Partron22 macrumors 68020


    Apr 13, 2011
    There used to be a free App for this a decade ago. I don't even remember what it was called.
    If you can't find a modern version, it's not all that hard to manually find the gaps between tracks using Audacity, and cut/paste into a new window. You can spend the winter with Audacity, manually removing the 10msec pops and clicks from old record->mixtape masterpieces.
    Be prepared to splice with cellophane tape. Old cassettes can get brittle or sticky. Bring alcohol and swabs, to clean off your tape heads frequently. You'll probably have to do some re-equalization of the tracks use Audacity as well. The high frequencies, never great on tape anyway, become subdued after repeated plays. Audacity's "Plot Spectrum" capacity offers a decent way to monitor your re-equalization attempts.
  5. monokakata macrumors 68000


    May 8, 2008
    Hilo, Hawai'i
    Also, if the cassettes you're going to record are "welded" shells, that is the top and bottom of the shell are fused, then lay in a small stock of shells that are held together by screws. This is because when your old tape breaks, you may have to crack open the shell to get to the two sections.

    When I had to do that, I simply bought a brand sold in screwed shells, opened them, tossed out the new tape, repaired the old tape and put it in the shell.

    And don't worry too much about the splices. They only have to last one pass.
  6. waloshin thread starter macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008

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